Not Breakfast Foods for Breakfast

I feel like at this point in my life I will eat any type of food for any meal. I find myself craving sushi for breakfast sometimes.

Since 2020 has started I have been eating a bunch of random things for breakfast.

Pizza is something I have had for breakfast many times. It feels like a complete meal-carbs, protein, fats. This particular day we had gone out to Huntington and revisited Zero Zero pizza. It was so yummy!

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There was another day I had dumplings and baby carrots. I woke up craving something savory. I had no eggs so I opened the freezer thinking I will just have pancakes, but spotted the frozen potstickers from Trader Joe’s.

I had a few left and they had been in there for a minute. I figured they sound good right now so why not??

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After the gym one morning In n’ Out sounded particularly good. I got a cheeseburger animal style and had my leftover salad. It’s all about balance, right?! 😁

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Now that I have shared some of my odd breakfast decisions, tell me some of yours! Do you crave non-breakfast items in the morning? Let’s talk in the comments! Till next time!

The new norm

Hello Friends,

So I haven’t actually written up a post in a minute because I had some that I had scheduled earlier. I have a couple of more scheduled posts that will be coming out, but I wanted to interrupt because there’s so much craziness happening in the world right now.

The hubs and I both work in healthcare so we have continued to go to work. I’ve only ever worked inside of a hospital (never a clinic or any other facility) and we are always taught to be flexible and keep moving along with change. The virus is definitely sharpening that skill in all of us.

In terms of day to day life we have been having way more meals at home. We’ll order out a couple of times a week just to change it up and not go completely crazy. We are also super lucky to live within walking distance of a couple of grocery stores so we can get our exercise when we have to get more groceries.

Speaking of exercise-that’s been a big change too. I love my workouts at home but I love switching it up with the gym. Since our gym has been shut down I’ve been trying to doing my HIIT sessions and tried to go for a jog today. Sadly running is always lousy for me with flat feet and shin splints so I need to figure something out.

I do think I will be making the most of the free workouts on YouTube and including some yoga for a little change up. We have been trying to get in some walks-again for sanity and fresh air.

There’s so much unknown and so we’ve been trying to keep somewhat of a routine and maintain our home as a safe and positive place for us to retreat to.

I am sending all of you guys so much love and hugs and positivity during these uncertain times. Please let me know what you’ve been up to and how you’re handling the changes?

I know together we can do this! Till next time friends!

Sonoratown and Somisomi

Remember that post I shared with you guys about Worth It? That show on YouTube that goes to different restaurants to try a food at three different price points?

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Well, they tried tacos and since then Sonoratown has been on our mind. They kept talking about how amazing the flour tortillas were and I just knew me+Sonoratown=match made in heaven.

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When we arrived there was a line and initially it didn’t seem to be moving but we managed to get through the line and order all in about 30 minutes.

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After that wait we basically ordered one of everything on the menu.

We got two tacos-a chicken and beef, a shredded beef chivichanga (mini burrito), a chicken burrito, and a tostada.

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They gave us salsa to go with it all and we both loved the red. It was fresh and bright with a good bit of spice.

Out of the food I loved everything. The tostada was my favorite along with the tacos and chivichanga. The burrito was good and ended up being the hubby’s favorite.

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I am oh so happy we got to try this spot out!

Afterwards we needed something sweet so we paid the meter and headed to Little Tokyo to find some dessert.

Somisomi met all our requirements so we stopped in and hubs got the milk softserve and I got matcha. Normally we get them in the taiyaki cones but this time we switched it up a bit.

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We ordered the softserve in cups and got the taiyaki on the side filled with nutella.

We had a few bites of our softserve before the piping hot taiyaki came out. Oh.em.gee. My life has been changed. This is definitely the way to do it!

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The hot, chewy taiyaki dipped into the cold, cresmy softserve is the best mixing of temps and textures 🤤

It was a pretty fantastic way to spend the day!

Have you had taiyaki? What did you think?

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Sunday Funday

I woke up one Sunday not feeling my best, but we got up and got ready to hit the gym.

While having coffee I mentioned how the grey day outside reminded me of a day we went to get Sidecar and how good that sounded…

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Next thing we know we ditched the gym and planned a little 45 minute drive to hit up the closest Sidecar 😁 I mean, do I have the bestest husband ever or is he the bestest husband ever?

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When we arrived there was a line, but it moved quickly and pretty soon we were in and smelling the goodness.

We decided to get six donuts: the blueberry champagne, Saigon cinnamon, butter and salt, butterscotch crunch, a glazed yeast, and a birthday cake.

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As much as we wanted to dive face first into these bad boys we had a little self control and made a stop at Shirley’s to get a bagel.

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We had never heard of Shirley’s but there was a line so we figured it’s probably pretty good. We ordered an everything bagel with cream cheese.

If I am being completely honest this was totally okay. Nothing magical about it, but the blueberry champagne doughnut we had after…holy moly deliciousness.

It was soft and sweet and creamy! I loved it so much!

We found this cool little mall and did some walking around before heading back home.

We dropped by Sprout’s and had to try the Terra sweet potato chips Hunida had mentioned and totally loved them. They were crunchy and perfectly salty, a great Sunday snack!

We had initially planned on having pizza for dinner but with the grey weather and me feeling under the weather we decided on pho!

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We got the rare beef and it was really good and so flavorful! I definitely did not finish mine but made a valiant effort.

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Dessert was our Sidecar doughnuts and I can’t began to tell you how good their doughnuts are. My favorites were the blueberry champagne, glazed yeast, butter and salt and the birthday cake.

So basically all of them…😂

Our dinner was basically a linner of sorts so we had some more dessert in the form of a fruit platter.

We had never had star fruit and decided to try it out. The one we had was crunchy like an apple but didn’t have much flavor.

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That concludes our full day of eating on this fun Sunday!

What’s your favorite way to doctor up pho? I love all of the things and a good amount of sriracha.

Let’s chat pho and doughnuts in the comments below 😊

Oh the food we will eat…Catch LA

Catch LA has never been one of those spots that’s been on my radar. I’m an avid Yelp user and am super blessed to live around so much good food! There are so many spots that are 4.5 stars with hundreds if not thousands of reviews. It’s insane!

Catch LA is 3.5 stars which is good and it’s a super popular Insta spot in LA. It’s one of those places you go to “see and be seen.” It’s super LA in vibe-music, loud chatter, dim lighting, eclectic decor. It’s cute!

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It was explained to us that the menu was meant for sharing but if we wanted to do larger individual dishes the “Big Fish” or “Big Meat” menu would be the way to go. We opted to go the sharing route so we could try a few of their popular things.

We ordered five items: Catch Ceviche, Truffle Sashimi, Crunchy Rice Cake, Cod Lettuce Wraps, and Lobster Mac and Cheese.

The first dish that came out was the truffle sashimi. Tuna, hamachi, chili ponzu, caviar, and black truffle came together to create the most delectable bite. This was almost melt in your mouth-so buttery! This was one of the group’s favorites!

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The ceviche was a combination of Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, shrimp, and scallops with mango and blood orange ponzu. It was fresh and bright and enjoyable. I don’t know if this is a dish I think you need to order, but it was good.

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Hubby enjoyed the cod lettuce wraps, but I thought they were kinda bland? These came with bourbon miso, kataifi, and shitake mushrooms. The fish was well cooked but that’s all I could say about this one. If you come here I would skip this one…

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Now, the lobster mac and cheese. OH.EM.GEE. The lobster mac and cheese. It was not super ooey gooey cheesy, but it had the best savory umami flavor and it held up well to the lobster. It was hardy and delicious! You should absolutely get this 🙂

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The last dish to come out was the crunchy rice cake with tuna tartare and wasabi tobiko. I love a good crunchy rice cake and this dish ended up being the favorite of the night. The crispy rice cake, the mildly spiced fish…please get this. 3/3 of us said this was our favorite dish of the night!

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We did get dessert and decided to go for the most popular and probably Insta-worthy? The Hit Me Chocolate Cake. Liquid Klondike, roasted white chocolate ice-cream, brownie, and devil’s food. It’s called “Hit Me” because you have to hit the “Klondike” bar with your spoon to crack it open. It was a deliciously chocolatey but not overly chocolatey dish. I think chocolate lovers and chocolate likers will both enjoy this dish immensely. I would recommend this to add to your list of “do get.”

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Three of the five dishes were incredible. That’s a pretty good amount I think? In terms of service I don’t have much to say because it was just okay. There was no Republique type of attentiveness or attention to detail, but it wasn’t bad either.

I really enjoyed our time at Catch LA. I think a big part of that had to do with being there with people I enjoy. I do think there are better foodie spots to explore, but it is super popular and Instagramable.

Talk to me in the comments and let me know if you’ve been to Catch LA? Did you like it? Thanks for reading and I’ll see you Thursday!

 

Vacation Recap

Happy Thursday!

It might be a good idea for you guys to grab a snack and sit down for this post because it may run a little long. I’m going to try to recap a whole week into one “quick-ish” post 😀

Our vacation started with a drive out to Phoenix. It ended up being a quick drive with just one pit stop for gas, bathroom, and breakfast. We kept it pretty chill the day we arrived and explored the area we were staying as well as an outdoor mall.

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There was a vegan festival going on so that was our plan for dinner but sadly it ended at 5pm and we missed it. We ended up going to Old Town Scottsdale to try to find some dinner. It being dinner time and the weather being nice the wait everywhere was pretty crazy. After much craziness we put our names down at Rehab Burger and walked around.

We grabbed some apps/snacks from another restaurant to hold us over. Nothing super exciting. Hummus/pita and chips/salsa held us over until we were finally called to our table.

This burger place was FANTASTIC. You must check it out if you’re in the area. The hubs and I shared a poblano burger without the cheese and just a basic cheeseburger and both were fantastic. I can’t tell you how much I couldn’t stop talking about this place. It was absolutely worth the wait!

The next day hub’s cousin had planned a day in Sedona which is 90ish minutes away from Phoenix. Sedona was so gorgeous and freezing! We explored a church and some areas with these cute local stores. While there we found some treats to try and shared this frozen chocolate covered cheesecake.

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We grabbed some apps at a local vegan place before heading back home.

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That night the fam surprised me with an ice-cream cake and singing! I died! It was so sweet (the singing and the cake) 🙂

Monday March 2nd we woke up and had our last workout in Phoenix before showering and getting ready to head back to good ol’ California. Our drive, thankfully again, was not bad and we made it home around 3/4pm. This was basically a good recovery day. We threw in laundry from the trip and got a few groceries, a Red Box, and picked up the Habit for dinner.

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Tuesday March 3rd we worked out and headed to Disneyland! You guys after living in SoCal for 3.5 years we still had never been and I was SO excited. I think we got there around 2pm and left around 8:30pm. A lot of walking but we are totally all about that.

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To say it was magical would be an understatement. I think we were both overwhelmed by all of the things. After entering the park we realized a parade was about to start so had to stop and see that. We also stopped and got some refreshments-a turkey leg and a churro. After a few rides we got some of the Mickey beignets! Everything was delicious!

We were so exhausted by the time we left but had a ton of fun!

Wednesday March 4th we headed to Disney’s Adventure Land. This day didn’t go as well sadly…once we arrived I saw that they had this crazy water ride that was just about to open as we were walking up. I didn’t realize how wet we would get and we hopped on and got completely soaked. The rest of our time was spend with completely soaked shoes and socks. We were so cold after the sunset and miserable! We did see Frozen and walked around, but couldn’t handle it anymore and left after a few hours.

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Thursday March 5th was the birthday and I wanted to keep it pretty chill after all the go, go, go! I opened up presents from the hubs and that night I wanted some wings so we went to Fire Wings. They were delicious!

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Friday March 6th we ran some errands and headed out to LA to have dinner with a friend from out of town. She wanted to check out Catch LA! The place was so gorgeous! The food was super tasty and I can’t wait to share more about it on a later post 😉

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Saturday March 7th we went for a hike and finished up some grocery shopping for the upcoming week. We stayed closer to home and had AYCE sushi at Sushi Martini for dinner with a friend!

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We did stop by Cheesecake for the chocolate tower truffle cake and the chocolate fudge cake. They got the order wrong and gave us a fudge cake and a lemon mascarpone cake but no chocolate tower. Hubby went back to return the lemon mascarpone and they ended up letting him keep it and gave him the correct chocolate tower truffle cake (our fave)!

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On Sunday I had some vacation blues but kept it going by getting in a workout and getting ready for the week. We also filed our taxes on our own for the first time…whaaat?? Major adulting happening over here you guys!

Anyways I really hope you all had a lovely week and that you’re as excited about the weekend as I am! Now that I have run down my vacay week, let me know what your weekend plans are?

I’ll see you sweets on Monday!

Green Chef

I feel like we have tried out quite a few of the meal subscription boxes out there but had missed Green Chef somehow.

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I thought it would be fun to switch things up one week and ordered Green Chef for a week I would be home a majority of the days.

The thing to note is that we looked through all their options and the only section we found recipes that looked interesting was the keto section.

Neither of us are keto but we do eat “cleaner” during the week. Lots of veggies, fruits and some kind of protein. We were excited to make and taste our recipes!

The box arrived and honestly I feel like all the stuff is packaged pretty similar among all the food subscription boxes.

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The first meal we made was the salmon.

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It came with a side of wilted kale and roasted beets and red bell pep. The piccata sauce on top was fresh and vinegary. We made this dish for lunch one day and I loved it so much, but it was not very filling.

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I am saying this as a human who eats small portions because of stomach space, but I still needed to snack quite a bit after this meal.

The chicken dish I made for dinner. It was spiced with dukkah seasoning and had a side of roasted butternut squash, greens and served on a bed of cauliflower rice.

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I did this one myself and had no issues bringing the meal together pretty quickly with myself in the kitchen. The only difficulty was peeling the butternut squash.

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Again, the dish was flavorful and savory and I really enjoyed it. The only issue was satiety…you will see this as the running theme 😞

The third and last dish was a shrimp and “grits.” The grits were made from cauliflower rice and the shrimp was seasoned with blackening seasoning.

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I had never had grits so I can’t vouch for how similar this was to grits, but it was creamy and cheesy from the cheddar cheese and cream cheese. I liked the bites of bell pepper in there too.

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It definitely was not a veggie heavy dish so we added roasted Brussels from earlier in the week to round out the meal.

B made this dish while I showered and basically had it halfway done. It seemed to take no time at all which was great since we were both in need of some food!

All the recipes were easy to follow and no trouble making if you had 40-45 minutes (maybe even less). It was easy to do whether you had one or two people in the kitchen.

It was a smooth transition to have someone pick up where you left off or have someone doing another step without a lot of confusion.

A couple of not so great things that are highlighted in my mind are that I never felt full after these meals and feeling locked into making the meal.

Being locked in I think is something i felt with all the boxes. Not that they weren’t easy to cancel, but once the box arrived we had to make them during a certain time.

I didn’t want anything to go bad and with our work schedules it wasn’t always plausible to put it off and make it another night.

I’m sure that at some point we will revisit a box or try another, but for now I think we will continue to throw stuff together ourselves 😊

I hope you guys found this helpful and if you have tried Green Chef let me know how you liked it!

Oh the food we will eat…Mario’s Place

For a little date night we decided to take a hop, skip, and jump over to Riverside.

I had been craving pasta for a bit now so we decided on Italian. Hubby found the place and made the reservation.

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We were seated immediately upon arrival. On Yelp the attire recommended was California casual. If you don’t know it just means some are usually casual and some are super dressed. Being date night we had dressed up a little and I am so glad because so was everyone else there.

The restaurant was a lot more formal than either of us were thinking. White table cloths and prettily folded napkins greeted us at our candle lit table.

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I had glanced through photos on Yelp and saw some items that were popular. We had already decided to skip apps to save room for a pasta dish and a pizza.

Our final decision ended up being the mushroom ravioli and their pizza of the night-a red sauce, mozz cheese, cauliflower, sausage creation.

After we ordered we were brought this beautiful bread-warm, crusty outside and oh so soft inside. It came with butter at the most perfect temp. Super easy to spread without being overly melty.

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Since we don’t eat sausage we got the ‘za sans sausage. Even though it ended up being a cheese pizza with cauliflower it was a very delicious pizza with cauliflower.

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The sauce was savory, the cheese had good pull, the chilli flakes added some heat and the cauliflower added a nice textural change. We each had one slice and decided to dig into the pasta.

The mushroom ravioli was swimming in cream sauce and porcini mushrooms. It had a nice heap of shaved parm on top too.

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The ravioli was filled with the most savory mushroom filling. The sauce was creamy, but not overly so and very well seasoned. The mushrooms added a nice meaty texture and flavor.

I’m not big into white sauce pizza or pasta but this pasta has me rethinking all of that!

We ended up taking the rest of the pizza home since we were so full from the pasta. Not to worry…I ate every last slice over the period of a week 😉

We had a lovely time at Mario’s place. If you happen to live in or near Riverside it’s a great little spot for a date night!

Our Valentine’s Date

I know I’m a bit late posting this, but I am happy to finally share our Valentine’s Day. Being completely transparent, we hadn’t planned on doing anything major. We were going to stay in, cook dinner, and watch a movie. Everyday is basically Valentine’s Day for me because I get to spend it with the best husband ever, but he knows how much I love a good date night so out we went.

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We had no reservations anywhere but forged ahead and walked to an outdoor mall with plenty of options. Our plan was King’s Fish House but the wait would be an hour to an hour and a half. We decided to check out somewhere else and put our names down for Kabuki because the wait was 35 minutes!

While “waiting” we walked around and asked about some other waiting times. Lucille’s BBQ had a wait for three hours!! I was astonished!

Thankfully for us all of that killed some time and we arrived back at Kabuki and chatted for a little while before it was our turn to get seated. We were both so happy to finally be sitting and looking at a menu! To say we went a bit overboard with ordering is being kind.

Anytime we go get sushi we always get edamame. Whether it’s plain or garlicky and spicy we love the stuff. It’s something delicious to munch on and distract you while you wait for everything else. This time was no different and we ordered the spicy garlic edamame.

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This menu had pictures and when I noticed the black miso cod it looked so good so we had to try it. The cod was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The freshness of the cucumbers and carrots that came with it added a nice contrast to the perfectly cooked fish.

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Ever since discovering spicy tuna on crispy rice we always look for it on the menu. There’s something so magical about the tuna piled high on the crispy cake of rice. The texture of the soft fish and the crispy rice patty really make it delectable.

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We ordered three sushi rolls. The first was a nice basic spicy tuna roll. It was good and fresh! Nothing to complain about and nothing to write home about..

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I wish I could remember what the 2nd and 3rd rolls were, but I can’t and I’ve been combing through the menu now for a good 10 minutes and have had no luck figuring it out.

I think the second one was the Sun Kissed Roll with salmon the outside and spicy tuna and avocado on the inside.

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The other had this coconut curry base with red bell pepper, cilantro, and shrimp on top of a California roll (maybe??)..

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We both left feeling fully and happy! It was a little panicky in the beginning trying to figure out a plan B on the fly, but thankfully it all worked out! We had a great time and enjoyed spending some together time…goodness I do love my guy!

For Valentine’s are you guys stay at home and relax to the max people or go out people? Let me know in the comments below!

Random eats and a fruit haul

I really enjoy doing a recap of our meals because it takes me back to those days and gives me all the mems.

Like this turkey and hummus pita with shrettuce and pickles. I remember being so hungry and eating quite a few carrots while making this.

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We visited Mendocino for lunch one day and shared a couple of sandwiches with these amazing spicy chips.

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Once a week salmon saga continues with baked salmon and roasted carrots…

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My favorite thing at Denny’s used to be the Fit Fare Sizzlin’ Egg Skillet, but it is now this veggie omelet. I got it without cheese and a side of steamed brocc.

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The hashbrowns that it came with were so crispy and went perfectly with the soft eggs. Side of turkey bacon…all of the proteins!

One particular night we had a little bit of leftover ground beef so we made burgers and had chips on the side.

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I was super proud of us this night because we used up our last two potato buns and leftover shrettuce. It is so satisfying to use things up!

I don’t know if it could be considered a fruit “haul” but we have been eating a lot of fruit lately.

It started from a walk to our Farmer’s Market where we got three pints of strawberries and some mandarins.

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I don’t think it’s berry season, but these were the most yummy strawberries. The mandarins were juicy and sweet. Omg I could have just eaten pints and pints of those strawberries!

We visited Sprout’s and found these golden kiwis. I had been wanting to try them and I am so glad we did! These kiwis were so sweet and as promised golden on the inside. Love, love, love!

Mangoes were another fruit that I was certain would not be good right now, but ended up being delectable. It was so sweet and reminded me why I don’t need any other dessert when I have a good mango.

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Do you guys feel this way about fruit? If the fruit is good enough and sweet enough I don’t need anything else to curb my sweet tooth.

Thanks for reading friends! See you next time!